Overlake relocates Issaquah specialty clinics

November 20, 2012

Overlake Hospital Medical Center’s Issaquah-based specialty clinics, including cardiology and pulmonology, Anticoagulation Clinic and the Breast Screening Center, have relocated to the Highmark Medical Building along state Route 900 at Northwest Maple Street.

The medical center also moved its Issaquah classroom from the Overlake Center along East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast to the Highmark Medical Building. The change offers a larger space for educational courses provided by the hospital and clinics.

Businesses earn reprieve from city fee until March 2013

February 21, 2012

City leaders offered entrepreneurs a reprieve from a fee for another year, as officials attempt to entice businesses to relocate to or remain in Issaquah.

In a unanimous decision, City Council members agreed to exempt businesses from paying the transportation impact fee until March 2013. The exemption applies to the initial 10,000 square feet of floor area per project.

The council action continues a project initiated in 2009 to roll back the transportation impact fee and encourage entrepreneurs to consider Issaquah. In 2009, officials earmarked $1.58 million — money left over from the canceled Southeast Bypass — to offset the fee. City planners said $976,589 remains available for businesses.

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Issaquah ‘green’ medical building is certified gold

May 3, 2011

The “green” HighMark Medical Center has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification.

The building at state Route 900 and Northwest Maple Street is the first medical facility in Issaquah to receive the designation.

“HighMark is very proud of the efforts of all parties involved with this project to achieve this success,” HighMark CEO Michael Kerby said in a release. “LEED Gold was our goal from the start of the project, and while the team was challenged at times, collaboration and diligence ensured we would reach that goal.”

Features include rain gardens and low-energy lighting. Ongoing “green” efforts include eco-friendly janitorial services, pest-control prevention and landscaping practices.

“HighMark Medical Center’s LEED certification demonstrates tremendous ‘green’ building leadership,” Rick Fedrizzi, U.S. Green Building Council president, CEO and founding chairwoman, said in a release. “The urgency of USGBC’s mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and HighMark serves as a prime example with just how much we can accomplish.”

Issaquah tragedies, triumphs define a tumultuous year

December 28, 2010

Traffic lines up on state Route 900 at Northwest Talus Drive in February. State Department of Transportation crews completed the long-running project in 2010. By Greg Farrar

The economy lurched from the recession, population growth all but stalled and Issaquah — after cutbacks and setbacks in 2009 — defied the odds to reach major milestones throughout 2010.

Momentum returned in 2010 after a year spent in a holding pattern. Set against the backdrop of a fragile recovery, leaders cut the ribbon on businesses and roads, laid the foundation for preservation and construction, and marked tragedies and successes. Read more

Business News

August 10, 2010

Ben & Jerry’s opening soon

Mark Mullet, owner of Zeeks Pizza, now plans to bring a taste of Vermont to the Issaquah Highlands. The city councilman will open a Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop next month.

The local branch of the eco-conscious company famous for punny flavors — Cherry Garcia, anyone? — and social activism will open near Caffe Ladro, inside a former home sales center about mid-September. Plans call for about 40 seats spread across 1,300 square feet.

“I think Ben & Jerry’s and Issaquah are a natural fit,” he said.

Before Mullet can start serving scoops of Chubby Hubby and Chunky Monkey, he had to attend Scoop University, the training facility for franchisees in Vermont. There, the former bank executive learned to mix milkshakes and shape waffle cones.

The biggest challenge for Mullet: cursive writing. He said another employee should handle the frosting messages atop ice cream cakes. Read more

Businesses benefit from break in city impact fees

March 30, 2010

A city program to make Issaquah more appealing to businesses has aided the developers of Overlake Center, a Northwest Maple Street medical building, offices along East Sunset Way and more than a dozen construction and remodeling projects citywide. Read more